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As someone who has has their habeas corpus rights violated in the past, this news really depresses me.

LA Times:

Four years ago, the Supreme Court did its duty as a guardian of the Constitution by ruling that Congress couldn’t prevent inmates at Guantanamo Bay from filing petitions for habeas corpus, a venerable feature of Anglo-American law that allows prisoners to challenge their confinement in court. This week, the justices walked away from that responsibility by refusing to review lower court rulings that have narrowed the protections of its 2008 decision to the vanishing point.

Democracy Now! interviews two guests on the matter:  Shayana Kadidal, senior managing attorney of the Guantánamo Global Justice Initiative at the Center for Constitutional Rights, and investigative journalist Andy Worthington, who reports that of the 169 prisoners still held, over half — 87 in total — were cleared for release by President Obama’s Guantánamo Review Task Force.

Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble Tags: Democracy Now, enemy combatants, Guantanamo Bay, habeas corpus, SCOTUS, supreme court

The congregations of protestors loosely associated with the “Occupy Wall Street Protest” has hit the 12th day of their resistance movement in Lower Manhattan today, September 29, 2011.

Occupy Wallst dot org is the unofficial de facto planning group committed to providing support to the protestors supporting the movement against political influence of the business world.  While a “leaderless group”–they have no official goals or support specific legislation–their base shares a general spirit to persuade the US people and government, according to the site,  “to no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the [top wealthy] 1 percent.”

Video of arrests here:

Many more amateur videos can be found with the youtube search term “Occupy Wall Street.”

In their Sept. 29 video, Democracy Now! interviews Michael Moore and talks to one of the protestors that allegedly experienced police brutality.  Michael Moore participated with the crowds, who were not allowed by public law to set up PA systems, by rallying them to repeat anti-Wall Street corruption chants aloud as a group in Liberty Square.

It is perfectly legal to video tape a police officer on duty.  Stand up to police brutality.  (Do this discreetly, when possible; police are often ignorant of the law and will destroy evidence of their abuse in situations with less accountability.)  The right to film police was recently upheld as a constitutional right in New England’s First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Police who were caught on film pepper spraying female protestors, are currently under investigation by the NYC DA.

A Civil Rights Attorney comments on the right of the people to assemble and establish temporary tents of a reasonable size:

Categories: Knowledge has vagina dentata so don’t you fuck with it, Politics or: the art of looking for trouble Tags: civil rights, Democracy Now, Michael Moore, Occupy Wall St, Occupy Wall St videos, Occupy Wallstreet Movement, police brutality